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April 14, 2012 1:28 PM
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MotoGP » Valentino Rossi 'suffering' but won’t leave Ducati

The pressure is on Ducati from all sides. Rossi has broken his silence to say how unhappy he is, DORNA have said that Ducati must not ne responsible for Rossi leaving MotoGP because of uncompetitive machinery and the CEO of VW /AUDI has said he thinks it is embarrassing that the bike is not good enough & in his opinion the bike needs scrapping and redesigning from the ground up by someone with experience of aluminium race bikes. Considering the announcement is expected on Wednesday that VW has completed its buyout of Ducat I would expect things to change soon


April 09, 2012 11:45 PM
Last Edited 1324 days ago

MotoGP » Valentino Rossi lashes out after Qatar nightmare

Just to look at this fairly. Stoner NEVER won a WC for Ducati on a carbon chassis in 20077 when he won it was a steel trellis frame. As soon as Ducati introduced the carbon chassis in 2008 Stoner started falling off the bike. Stoner himself complained of the same faults that Rossi has on the Ducati and in interviews since he left Ducati Stoner commented that every "Updated" chassis he was given was harder to ride than the last. Ducati have never been good at building any other chassis than steel trellis & since they stopped using them the chassis have been built by a 3rd party company.


April 09, 2012 11:52 PM

MotoGP » Valentino Rossi lashes out after Qatar nightmare

The real question is in another month when VW complete their purchase of Ducati how will things change? Rossi, Stoner & all the other riders they have had have all said roughly the same. Ducati give them a bike and say set it up & are very slow making changes instead insisting the bike is fundamentally good and its a case of finding the right setup. The chairman of VW who freely admits to being a massive fan of motorbikes has said in his opinion it would be easier to scrap develoment work of the Ducati & start afresh, Whats the bet this happens very soon?


April 02, 2012 5:02 PM

WSBK » Haslam hints at BMW ascension with new landmark

@ Md Zane What total and utter bull***t Leon gets his rides on pure talent alone. At the end of the 2010 season Leon was the ONLY rider who changed teams or resigned with existing who signed a contract where they were paid. All other riders who signed new contracts did so based on bringing sponsorship or personal finance to the team. All through Leons career his dad Ron has been very clear that he will give advise and coaching but Leon would have to get rides because he deserved them.


March 30, 2012 11:54 PM

MotoGP » Ezpeleta: 15 million euros for a MotoGP team

Maybe if the rules were not so restrictive on the type of machine and instead were simplified to something along the lines of max 4 cylinders & 1000cc, no more than x litres of fuel & a budget cap of X more teams would consider getting involved but at the moment its deteriorated into little more than a p***ing contest to see who can spend enough to get the best out of a machine that the rules make almost identical in the engine department. Bear in mind that Norton submitted a request to use a CRT spec version of their NRV588 bike but had it refused on the ground it was not an inline 4 cylinder machine.


March 26, 2012 8:49 AM

F1 » Ecstatic Sauber dismisses 'conspiracy' talk

Why were Sauber so intent that Perez should be careful & not lose the place? Despite what fools and conspiracy theorists would like us all to believe its a fairly simple reason. A podium position guarantees the teams transport fees & costs for next season are paid for by F1 and not out of Sauber's budget. Championship points mean that a percentage of transport costs are paid by F1 on a sliding scale based on how many points but a podium guarantees 100% of the costs are paid. For a small underfunded team like Sauber that makes a massive difference.


March 22, 2012 12:11 AM

F1 » Italians call for Massa's head

Many Italian media & fan outlets were calling for the heads of Domenicali and both drivers even before the end of qualifying when neither driver made Q3. I read one page translated via babelfish as saying that Domenicali was responsible for a team that had put a car on track that was so poor it did not deserve to be painted red or called a Ferrari.


March 17, 2012 5:17 PM

F1 » Protest looming 'down under'?

If the way Sky presenters explained the rules is correct its not legal. Rules state no aerodynamic device that is driver operated or initiated by the driver with the exception of DRS. OK Merc are being very clever in making it that this device is operated when the DRS is active but as they said on Sky its activated when the driver operates DRS and it is not DRS so if you go by the wording of the rules its illegal. I think Jackie Stewart summed it all up properly though. If someone does lodge a formal complaint & its illegal it will screw up Merc's aerodynamic package that is all designed to work with it. However if it is found to be legal as part of the judgement the way it works complete with schematic drawings will be published as part of the judgement, This makes it easy for other teams to copy it in the same way they did with McLaren's F duct.

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